2-5 November 2017 | St. Louis, MO, USA

The Nevermore Jazz Ball

The Nevermore Jazz Ball is a one-of-a-kind celebration that features four nights of dancing to live music, two days of workshops, a jazz crawl with live bands on Cherokee Street, vintage vendors, crazy contests, and lots of St. Louis goodness. Nevermore Jazz Ball is a celebration of jazz music and dancing, but also of home and how art helps us belong in a place. With the integration of the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl and Community Dance Day, Nevermore Jazz Ball is a few festivals in one–come see what it’s all about!


Nevermore Jazz Ball 2017 Registration

Ticket Sales for Nevermore 2017 have ended. No tickets needed for the Jazz Crawl and Community Dance Day!

**A la carte tickets must be pre-purchased by Wednesday, 11/1. No ticket sales at the door!**


2017 Full Weekend and Party Pass Pricing

Full Weekend Passes

Full Weekend Passes include all workshops and all dances, Thursday-Sunday. It’s the whole shebang!

Tier 1 – $155 sold out

Tier 2 – $170 sold out

Tier 3 – $185 sold out

Party Passes

Party Passes include all dances Thursday-Sunday but no workshops (except Community Dance Day!)

Tier 1 – $95 sold out

Tier 2 – $110 sold out

Tier 3 – $125 sold out

Beginner Track

The Beginner Track is a special learn-to-dance package that includes entrance to the Friday night dance, a full day of workshops on Saturday, and entrance into the Saturday night dance.

Beginner Track Pass: $99



2017 Individual Dance Pricing

Ticket sales for Nevermore 2017 have ended.

Thursday with Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band – $20

Friday with Miss Jubilee – $25

Saturday with Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders – $30


Our official event hotel is Hotel Avyan, the closest hotel to Cherokee Street. Housing requests are available here, but Nevermore has grown quickly and St. Louis is still a medium-sized city, so we’re simply not able to accommodate the amount of housing requests we’ve received in the past. The housing request list will be intended to provide an option for those who truly can’t make a hotel or Air B&B work. Hotel reservations will be available beginning on August 1, 2017.

The Nitty Gritty (Registration Policies)




2017 Music Line-Up

We believe in music! Nevermore is just as much about the musicians as it is about the dancers. The Nevermore Jazz Ball is committed to bringing you a one-of-a-kind musical experience with an emphasis on both featuring our magnificent local talent and bringing some top musical talent from across the country. We’ll feature live bands at all of our dances–Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and both late night dances. We’ll top it off with a healthy heaping of great live music at the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl on Saturday afternoon.



Cindiasaurus Rex, St Louis, MO


Classes and instruction at Nevermore are selected to provide a diversity of perspectives and styles. You’ll get top-notch in lindy hop, but we’ll round out our lineup with who are experts in other vernacular styles so that you can infuse your dancing with a variety of unique skills and perspectives. Our classes and workshops are usually all levels (intermediate and up) and are best approached with an open mind and a hunger to learn and laugh.

2017 Instructors


Here’s the schedule for the weekend! Be sure to check back on the event start date as some details are subject to change.



We have two exciting contests lined up for our 2017 event! Contests at Nevermore are meant to tap into the jitterbug spirit–one of throwing down hard and leaving it all out on the dance floor, inspiring each other to new heights. Sure, there will be judges and someone will come in first place etc. etc., but we believe that competing is not so much about who wins or loses as it is about the exchange of energy and ideas between competitors, musicians, and public!

St. Louis Shag Partner Draw

In this contest, you’ll enter as an individual leader or follower and get paired with random partners. It’s the first St. Louis Shag Partner Draw that we know of–be a part of history! $10/individual

Couples’ Jitterbug Contest

All swing styles welcome. Unofficial bonus points for incorporating St. Louis Shag and St. Louis-stye swing. Mostly, enter with the partner of your choice and show your stuff! $20/couple


A word about classes at the Nevermore Jazz Ball: in the spirit of welcoming diverse perspectives, getting out of your usual comfort zone, and embracing the new & different, classes at Nevermore are “try-it” style, meaning you’ll have exposure to some great bread & butter lindy hop, some traditional jazz, and other various vernacular styles.


St. Louis itself is the venue-at-large of the Nevermore Jazz Ball. Here are some specific historic spots that will help to define our 2017 festival!

Casa Loma Ballroom (Friday & Saturday Main Dances)
3354 Iowa Ave. 63118
Paid lot at Cherokee & Iowa or free lot at Cherokee & California. Street parking on Cherokee

*A note about parking on Cherokee Street: generally, parking on or near Cherokee is preferable to parking far north or south of the street because there’s more foot traffic and lighting on Cherokee. If you’re parking on Cherokee, consider parking east of Michigan*

South Broadway Athletic Club (Friday &  Saturday Late Nights)
2301 S. 7th Street 63104
Lot across the street has additional parking.

Boo Cat Club (Sunday Night)
812 Union Blvd. 63112
Lot parking (entrance adjacent to building) or street parking

2720 Cherokee (Workshops) 
2720 Cherokee Street 63118
Street parking on Cherokee St.

Treffpunkt (Thursday Night, Workshops) (formerly known as St. Matthew’s Church)
3453 S. Jefferson 63118
Street parking on Cherokee & Jefferson. Meters monitored on Saturday, free on Sunday. Do not park behind church–that is for residents only.

Hotel & Travel

Event Hotel

For the first time, we have an official event hotel! We have a Nevermore Jazz Ball room block at Hotel Avyan at the corner of Jefferson & Lafayette. It’s the hotel closest to Cherokee Street, where the bulk of our events will take place. Rooms with two double beds are available for $99/night and you can book rooms in this block starting on August 1, 2017. www.HotelAvyan.com or (314) 773-6500.

Getting Around STL

St. Louis has Lyft, Uber, and traditional taxis. There are buses and two metro lines that are safe and run well, but public transit is not super extensive. You can easily take the MetroLink from Lambert Airport into the city and catch a taxi or an Uber from there. A car (or a friend with a car!) can be helpful, and bicycles are great if you’re comfortable getting around that way.

Take care when you’re traveling and parking to park and walk in well-lit, well-trafficked areas.


Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

The one-and-only Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl returns to this year’s festival with afternoon and evening sets of live music up and down the street, a brass band, and community dance classes! Join us on Saturday November 4th, for this free, open-to-the-public aspect of the event featuring St. Louis’ best jazz and swing musicians in Cherokee Street’s singular venues.

Main Set 12:30-3:30 PM, East –> West

Joe Park Trio — Retro 101, 2303 Cherokee
Miss Jubilee — Foam Coffee and Beer, 3359 S. Jefferson
Wack-A-Doo — Fortune Teller Bar, 2635 Cherokee
Sweetie & Chase Garrett — Bespoke, 2650 Cherokee
Gaslight Squares — Yaqui’s, 2728 Cherokee
El Charro Pepe & STL MO Mariachi — La Vallesana (1-2pm)
St. Boogie Brass Band — Street Parade (2:30-3:30pm starting at Illinois & Cherokee)

Second Set 4-7 PM

Shake Em Up Jazz Band — Foam Coffee and Beer, 3359 S. Jefferson
Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing — Hop Shop, 2600 Cherokee
DJ Nico, DJ Chilly Cee — The B Side, 2709 Cherokee (starting at 5pm)
The Rag-O-Philes (ft. Bill Mason) — Yaqui’s, 2728 Cherokee

Community Dance Day

As part of the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl 2017, the 2nd annual Community Dance Day will be a day of free and open-to-the-public dance classes for friends and neighbors of all ages. With styles ranging from break dancing to the bop to the charleston, Community Dance Day is a celebration of the fact that dance is a great way to bring people together.

We’re working on the 2017 lineup and will post it here soon, but so that you can get an idea of what to expect, here’s what the 2016 lineup looked like:

Community Dance Day Lineup

All classes will be taught at the introductory level–no experience required. Dress to move! Drop in for one class or stay all day.

LOCATION: 2720 Cherokee Street – Main Floor

11:00am – Swing Dancing with Chris and Anna, Lindy Hop St. Louis
12:00pm – Hip Hop with Ashley Tate
1:00pm – STL Bop with Marqua and Marc, STL Bop Preservation Society
2:00pm – Footsweeps and Grooves with Marty
3:00pm – St. Louis Shag with Katie Leatherberry and Gary Grimm!
4:00pm – African Dancing with Alicia Sunshine

Bring your friends and family!* No cost to participate. Stick around Cherokee Street and enjoy the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl 2017. All brought to you by the Nevermore Jazz Ball, presented by St. Louis Jitterbugs.

*minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

The Nevermore Code

We take fun seriously at the Nevermore Jazz Ball, and this means if you want to join in, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct, no exceptions. Many of these points go without saying, but we’re still going to say them, write them, and live by them. Please familiarize yourself with these points and revisit them as needed throughout the event.

Code Of Conduct


Beccy Aldrich

During the event, we will have event staff members and at least one external contact person to address any concerns you may have. Your concerns will be treated professionally and confidentially. Beccy Aldrich and Cindy Lyons are the Safe Spaces contacts for this event.You can speak to either of them in person to address a concern during the event. Alternately, you can email your concern to liaison@stljitterbugs.com. You may also contact us anonymously (or include your name/contact info, if you wish) using this form: http://tinyurl.com/JitterbugsSafety. Event directors Jenny Shirar and Christian Frommelt are also available to talk to you about any concerns you may have.

Nevermore Values